A large-scale outdoor theatre production staged in a fort by award-winning Corcadorca Theatre Company will be among the highlights of Cork City’s 1916 centenary commemorations.
Lord Mayor Chris O’Leary confirmed the event last night as he unveiled details of the city’s programme of events.
In what will be one of their largest site-specific shows since 2008, Corcadorca will stage Sacrifice at Easter by writer Pat McCabe, at Elizabeth Fort in June, as part of the city’s Midsummer Festival. Written in response to the 1916 centenary, Sacrifice at Easter is a creative collaboration between director, Pat Kiernan; renowned composer, Mel Mercier; and McCabe, who wrote Breakfast on Pluto and The Butcher Boy. It is one of several major events in the Cork City Council-led year-long programme, which was drafted following public consultation.
On Easter Monday, events will be held at the National Monument on Grand Parade and at St Francis Hall on Sheares St, the home of the Cork Volunteers, where a tense standoff occurred between volunteers and the British Forces. The intervention of the lord mayor and the bishop of the day led to a peaceful outcome and no bloodshed.
Also on Easter Monday, a wreath- laying ceremony synchronised with similar events in the county will take place at 1.15pm, the time that the first shots of the Rising were fired.
St Peter’s Church on North Main Street, which has been designated the city’s centre of commemoration, will host a series of exhibitions, talks, readings, music and community events.
A seminar and public engagement workshops series will be held in cultural venues throughout the city including Crawford Art Gallery, Wandesford Quay Gallery, City Hall Atrium, and other venues. And the Cork Public Museum will also host an exhibition on the 1916 Rising and its connection to Cork City.
Mr O’Leary said 2016 provides an opportunity to celebrate the sacrifice of those who put the future of Ireland before their own well-being: “It is also an opportunity for us to reflect on almost 100 years of independence and what we have done with that hard-won gift.”
The city’s full programme of events is available at www.corkcity1916.ie
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